Baked Chutney Chicken

by Delilah

So my cooking streak continues.

One night last week I wanted to make something for dinner but after staring into one empty cupboard after another, I almost gave up.

Finally I decided to make the most basic roast chicken into which I could just throw in vegetables and potatoes for a meal. Except, the vegetable bin was empty too. Clearly not one of the perks of your mother being away.

After a mini tantrum directed at myself for not buying groceries, I figured I’d come up with some alternate way to make the chicken and I did.

Was too tired to take pictures as I went but it was so simple.

For the chicken I used:

  • 2 whole chicken legs
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp tomato puree
  • 3 tbsp MD mango chutney
  • Pinch of salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp margarine

 

How :

  • Washed and patted the chicken dry with a napkin to get rid of excess water (trust me that makes a difference). Made about 3 slashes on each piece with a knife for the seasoning to seep through since I had no time for marinating.
  • Because chicken takes ever so long to bake from scratch I browned both sides on a skillet till it was half cooked.
  • Then I mixed up the garlic, ginger, tomato puree, salt, pepper and chutney with the water till it resembled a thick sauce.
  • Chucked the chicken onto a baking dish greased with margarine and poured the chutney mixture over the chicken. Using my fingers I pushed pieces of mango in through the cuts I had made.
  • Baked on oven mark 5 for 30 minutes.

For a recipe I had never even seen or tasted anywhere before (but a slightly different version does exist apparently) it came out pretty good. The sugar in the chutney caramelizes to give this taste I cannot even describe. It also ruins the baking dish.

Had it with crisp buttered chapattis.

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